Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is that really a "bass ukulele"?
A: YES... why yes it is! It's called a U-Bass which stands for Ukulele Bass and is made by Kala Ukuleles.


Q: Isn't the ukulele a Hawaiian instrument?
A: Not really! Actually the ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the machete, a small guitar-like instrument related to the cavaquinho, braguinha and the rajao, taken to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants. Check out Wikipedia for more info.


Q: Why the ukulele?
A: Why not? As my dad used to say.. "better than a poke in the eye"! They are extremely easy and fun to play and it sure beats carrying around an accordion or piano!


Q: How do you tune the ukulele?
A: The most common tuning for ukuleles other than a baritone uke is, 1st string = A, 2nd string = E, 3rd string = C, 4th string = (high) G.   Baritone ukuleles are tuned exactly like the first 4 strings of a guitar.  And the bass ukulele is tuned just like any other 4 string bass.  More information about various ukulele tunings can be found HERE.


Q: What is the correct pronunciation of the word "ukulele"?
A: Most people incorrectly pronounce ukulele as "you-ka-lay-lee", however, the correct pronunciation is "oo-koo-lay-lay".


Q: Does the ukulele have just 4 strings?
A: No kemosabe... Typically ukuleles do have 4 strings however, you can also find them in 6, 8 and even 10 string configurations.  The 6 string version doubles the 1st and 3rd strings while the 8 string version doubles all 4 strings.  A 10 string ukulele is also called a Tipel.  The 1st and 4th strings are doubled while the 2nd and 3rd strings are tripled.


Q: Why are you called Marilyn & the G Strings?
A: Why not? ... It could have easily been "Judy & the Screamers", "Suzy & the Banshees" or "Molly and the Hangovers".  The "Beatles", "Eagles", and "Hootie & the Blowfish" were already taken.  But all seriousness aside, typically the bottom string of any stringed instrument is the lowest however, on the ukulele the bottom string is actually the highest pitched string and happens to be a G note. The Marilyn part just came...


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